“Helen is fine,” Dame Helen Mirren assures me warmly as she sweeps into the room wearing a full black skirt and crisp white shirt. We’re on the second floor of a Beverly Hills mansion to celebrate the launch of the new L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect makeup line. It seems a fitting place to meet someone I’ve seen portray more queens than a deck of cards. In real life, she isn’t royal. But she does have a fancy title, bestowed upon her by Queen Elizabeth II. As Mirren’s title would suggest, she has been inducted into a special order of female knighthood for her acting talents. As her title would not suggest, her beauty routine is more hipster than high society.
For one, she never uses heat on her hair — she only air-dries it, unless she’s being styled for an event. She never had to deal with a gnarly transition to silver hair — because she never colored it in the first place.
“I was always too lazy to color my hair. I just couldn’t be bothered, honestly,” Mirren tells me.
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